1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Geopolitics & Development

Geopolitics & Development (DEVT20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks


Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDEVT20003
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the ways in which geopolitical thought shapes practices of war, peace and development, and the ways in which these are interrelated. States shape their security and development policies according to their understanding of the geography of the world and other states. It is therefore important to understand these geopolitical reasonings in order to comprehend the causes of violence and poverty and strategies for their elimination. This subject uses key texts and case studies to illustrate the interconnections between geopolitics, conflict, peace and development. Students will develop an ability to think clearly and critically about past and contemporary world affairs.

Intended learning outcomes

  • an understanding of the meaning of geopolitics and its influence on peace and development.
  • an understanding of the relationships between peace and development.
  • an understanding of some key theories in peace studies.
  • an understanding of some key theories in development studies.
  • an ability to critically read security and development policy.

Generic skills

  • be capable of critical thinking and analysis
  • be capable of thinking in theoretical terms
  • be capable of written communication

Last updated: 25 July 2019